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Shoshana Bean, Jason Paige, Ty Taylor and Kirsten Vangsness Set for Open Fist Virtual Photo Shoshana Bean, Jason Paige, Ty Taylor and Kirsten Vangsness Set for Open Fist Virtual Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2020

What better way to host a celebration during a pandemic, than... a virtual gala! Join Open Fist Theatre Company's 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala & Auction on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 7-8 p.m. PT / 10-11 p.m. ET. Admission to the event is free worldwide.

Review: Neil Simon's MUSICAL FOOLS is a Monty Python Version of Fiddler on the Roof P Photo Review: Neil Simon's MUSICAL FOOLS is a Monty Python Version of Fiddler on the Roof Performed by the Original Not Ready for Prime Time Players
by Shari Barrett - Nov 19, 2019

Open Fist's clever, hilarious World Premiere musical adaptation of Neil Simon's MUSICAL FOOLS is a hilarious musical adaptation of his play, Fools, with book and lyrics by Simon, and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West, a veteran comedy genius from Chicago's Second City, who has directed the laugh fest like a Monty Python version of Fiddler on the Roof performed by the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Off-the-wall hysterical choreography by Louisa Kendrick Burton greatly enhances the comedy, with musical direction by Jan Roper often adding in the flavor of Eastern European Klezmer music.

NEIL SIMON'S MUSICAL FOOLS Comes to Open Fist Theatre Company Photo NEIL SIMON'S MUSICAL FOOLS Comes to Open Fist Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2019

Dumba?? dumbera?? dumbest? Open Fist Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Neil Simon's Musical Fools, an adaptation of the Simon play Fools, with book and lyrics by Neil Simon and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). West also directs, with music direction by Jan Roper and choreography by Louisa Kendrick Burton. Neil Simon's Musical Fools opens Oct. 12 at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Nov. 17; pay-what-you-want previews begin Oct. 4.

World Premiere Of NEIL SIMON'S MUSICAL FOOLS Comes to Open Fist Theatre Company Photo World Premiere Of NEIL SIMON'S MUSICAL FOOLS Comes to Open Fist Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2019

Dumb... dumber... dumbest? Open Fist Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Neil Simon's Musical Fools, an adaptation of the Simon play Fools, with book and lyrics by Neil Simon and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). West also directs, with music direction by Jan Roper and choreography by Louisa Kendrick Burton. Neil Simon's Musical Fools opens Oct. 12 at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Nov. 17; pay-what-you-want previews begin Oct. 4.

Photo Coverage: Evan Rachel Wood, Reeve Carney, Ty Taylor, Carrie Manolakos And More  Photo Photo Coverage: Evan Rachel Wood, Reeve Carney, Ty Taylor, Carrie Manolakos And More In FOR THE RECORD: TARANTINO At The Wallis Annenberg
by Lily Lim - Jul 26, 2018

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece, Pulp Fiction. To celebrate, Hollywood's raucous concert troupe, 'For The Record,' is taking their show on the road. Just in time for their eight-year anniversary, For The Record returned to The Sorting Room at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to reinvent the hit that started it all. For The Record: Tarantino.

Photo Coverage: VINTAGE TROUBLE'S TY TAYLOR DEBUTS NOUVEAU MID-CENTURY ROMANCE SONGBO Photo Photo Coverage: VINTAGE TROUBLE'S TY TAYLOR DEBUTS NOUVEAU MID-CENTURY ROMANCE SONGBOOK AT THE WALLIS ANNENBERG
by Lily Lim - May 14, 2018

On Friday, May 11, prolific performer Ty Taylor collaborated with the team behind LA's hit series "For The Record" to debut his new solo album Nouveau Mid-Century Romance Songbook. Taylor, best known as the lead singer of classic soul and rock 'n' roll band Vintage Trouble, will light up the stage at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for this official album release concert along with special guests Matthew Morrison, Tracie Thoms, Brenna Whitaker and Chris Pierce. Directed by Anderson Davis, the evening will kick off with a Jazz showcase from exceptional artists including Spencer Day, Olivia Kuper Harris, Myles Nuzzi and Dylan Meek and will be followed by Taylor's collection of modernistic tracks inspired by mid-century jazz standards.

Photo Coverage: Shoshana Bean Performs Release Show for New Album 'Spectrum' Photo Photo Coverage: Shoshana Bean Performs Release Show for New Album 'Spectrum'
by Lily Lim - Mar 2, 2018

On Saturday, February 24, Shoshana Bean performed her album release show - Spectrum - at Ace Theater Downtown Los Angeles. Spectrum, Bean's fourth studio album which was released on February 9, is a fresh new take on the classic tradition of big band with arrangements by Grammy award-nominated arranger Alan Ferber.

Photo Flash: (mostly)musicals: No Place Like HOME at Upstairs At Vitello's Photo Photo Flash: (mostly)musicals: No Place Like HOME at Upstairs At Vitello's
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2017

(mostly)musicals welcomed a full house of patrons and performers HOME to Upstairs at Vitello's on Monday, November 6, 2017 for their 26th edition, *no place like HOME*, a night of songs about the places we come from - and finding the places we belong. Scroll down for photos of the cast in performance!

BWW Review: Open Fist Theatre Company Gets DELEARIOUS on Stage Photo BWW Review: Open Fist Theatre Company Gets DELEARIOUS on Stage
by Ellen Dostal - Nov 13, 2017

Open Fist Theatre Company's revival of Ron West and Phil Swann's musical comedy DELEARIOUS has a lot going on. The production contains three storylines in three different time periods twisted together in a fast-paced, boisterous style that was an award-winning hit for the company in 2008. Nine years later, it still packs in more story than you can possibly keep straight but it also offers up plenty of laughs to go along with it.

Photo Flash: Open Fist presents Hilarious Shakespeare Musical DELEARIOUS Photo Photo Flash: Open Fist presents Hilarious Shakespeare Musical DELEARIOUS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Tragedy meets hilarity and King Lear gets a happy ending in a madcap musical romp la Mel Brooks and Monty Python. Open Fist Theatre Companyrevives its smash hit production of deLEARious, an award-winning play-within-a-play by Second City'sRon West and composer Phil Swann. West directs for a Nov. 10 opening at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Dec. 16. Pay-what-you-want previews begin Nov. 3.

Open Fist Revives Hilarious Production of Shakespeare Musical deLEARious Photo Open Fist Revives Hilarious Production of Shakespeare Musical deLEARious
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

Tragedy meets hilarity and King Lear gets a happy ending in a madcap musical romp la Mel Brooks and Monty Python. Open Fist Theatre Company revives its smash hit production of deLEARious, an award-winning play-within-a-play by Second City's Ron West and composer Phil Swann. West directs for a Nov. 10opening at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue throughDec. 16. Pay-what-you-want previews begin Nov. 3.

2016 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Winners Announced - Kristin Chenoweth, Christine Ebersole, Rachel York and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 4, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 Los Angeles winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners!

Photo Coverage: Final Performance Of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE AMERICAN REQUIEM At The Wallis Annenberg
by Lily Lim - Oct 23, 2016

This fall, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts transformed much of its campus into a lively Little Italy themed street party in celebration of For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. The Wallis and For The Record-the acclaimed company that began in a small bar in East Hollywood in 2010 and whose performances have quickly become must see shows-combined forces to pay homage to the visceral world of Martin Scorsese in a new co production that revolutionized the musical theater experience and brought the legendary filmmaker's epic soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret, from September 21 through October 16. From the moment audiences arrived at The Wallis, the immersive experience began with special pre-show festivities, continued through an exhilarating performance, and finished with post-show gatherings that featured specially curated entertainment. BroadwayWorld was at the final performance of the production, and caught some of the most exciting moments on camera.

BWW Review: SCORSESE AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM Is a Killer at the Wallis Annenberg
by Don Grigware - Oct 3, 2016

For the Record is first and foremost an absolutely awesome show visually... and emotionally. The creative team of For the Record, namely Anderson Davis, Shane Scheel and music supervisor Jesse Vargas, began these amazing shows back in 2010 at Show at Barre on Vermont which turned into Rockwell Table and Stage. It's perfectly suited to a cabaret setting focusing on movie scenes and songs from a particular filmmaker. I first saw Baz Luhrman before it crossed country to great success; another big hit is the show about Quentin Tarantino. Now, in its debut, For The Record: Scorsese American Crime Requiem world premieres at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts through October 16. Scenes form Martin Scorsese films are mixed together with pop songs from the soundtracks of his films featuring a spectacular cast. It's a bigger venue but suits Scorsese's over.the.top portrayal of violent crime in America to a tee.

Photo Coverage: Opening Night Celebration Of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE AN AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM At The Wallis Annenberg
by Lily Lim - Oct 2, 2016

This fall, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts transforms much of its campus into a lively Little Italy themed street party as it celebrates For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. The Wallis and For The Record-the acclaimed company that began in a small bar in East Hollywood in 2010 and whose performances have quickly become must see shows-combine forces to pay homage to the visceral world of Martin Scorsese in a new co production that revolutionizes the musical theater experience and brings the legendary filmmaker's epic soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret, from September 21 through October 16. From the moment audiences arrive at The Wallis, the immersive experience begins with special pre show festivities, continuing through an exhilarating performance, and finishing with post show gatherings that feature specially curated entertainment.

Photo Coverage: Opening Night of FOR THE RECORD : SCORSESE AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM At The Wallis Annenberg
by Lily Lim - Oct 2, 2016

This fall, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts transforms much of its campus into a lively Little Italy themed street party as it celebrates For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. The Wallis and For The Record-the acclaimed company that began in a small bar in East Hollywood in 2010 and whose performances have quickly become must see shows-combine forces to pay homage to the visceral world of Martin Scorsese in a new co production that revolutionizes the musical theater experience and brings the legendary filmmaker's epic soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret, from September 21 through October 16. From the moment audiences arrive at The Wallis, the immersive experience begins with special pre show festivities, continuing through an exhilarating performance, and finishing with post show gatherings that feature specially curated entertainment.

Photo Coverage: First Look At FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM Stage Door and Post Show Performance At The Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts
by Lily Lim - Sep 26, 2016

FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE to Host Fun Festivities Before & After Shows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

From the moment audiences arrive at The Wallis, the immersive experience begins with special pre-show festivities, continuing through an exhilarating performance, and finishing with post-show gatherings that feature specially-curated entertainment.

Carmen Cusack and John Lloyd Young Join The Cast of FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE at The Wallis
by Nora Dominick - Aug 26, 2016

Revolutionizing the live musical theater experience, the acclaimed company For The Record makes its triumphant return to Los Angeles in a new production, For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem. This new show will bring the legendary filmmaker's soundtracks to life in a new generation cabaret from September 21 through October 16 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. For The Record: Scorsese - American Crime Requiem is co-produced by The Wallis and Ad Astra Live, and is made possible by the generous support of David C. Bohnett.

'Pro99' Actors' Equity Members Send Open Letter to AEA President
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Members of the 'Pro99' movement of Actors' Equity Association have issued an open letter to AEA's newly elected president, Kate Shindle, in response to her victory and to her inaugural address as president of the national union for actors and stage managers. The open letter is signed by over 400 Equity members (listed below), including such notable names as Ed Asner, Francis Fisher, Sally Kirkland and Alfred Molina. The 'Pro99' movement formed in late 2014 in opposition to AEA's rollout of a new plan that will effectively force 'intimate theaters' in Los Angeles to pay Equity actors minimum wage, go 'non-union' or even close - despite an overwhelming vote against the plan by 66% of the Los Angeles membership on an advisory referendum. 'Pro99' members around the nation, who take their name from the current AEA '99 Seat Plan' that allows members to volunteer in smaller venues, oppose AEA's new promulgated plan. They are requesting that Equity leadership put a moratorium on the plan until local members' voices can be heard, and that the union work with its members to develop an alternative plan that will more realistically address the needs of the Los Angeles theater community.

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